• DIY

    DIY Cork Board Makeover

    DIY Cork Board Makeover

    First off, thank you to everyone for the awesome comments on my office tour. It’s a space I love and I’m so thrilled that you like it too! Sticking with this same space today, I wanted to share how I made over a plain, standard cork board into a fun little piece. This project takes pretty minimal effort and you get a pretty fab payout!

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    Office Tour

    Gav + Ro Office Tour

    I have been sitting on this project for months now and have finally gotten around to taking pictures. MY OFFICE. This has seriously been a labor of love as I’ve always wanted my own creative space. I had one when we moved into our house almost 5 years ago but it was just the built-in unit in our basement. And not to sound ungrateful or anything but it was the ugliest, yellow-y, varnished wood built-in unit. Sorry, original house builders of 1984! After a long process of redoing our basement, I got my dream space that is the girliest corner of my all boy house. My old office was horrible and it got really messy. I even considered contacting some Commercial Office Cleaning Services in London to come and clean it for me but I tidied it myself and began renovating the new office. Here’s how I ended up getting my special space.

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    DIY Snow Globe Ornament

    Oh….Hey there!  It’s me, and I’m back for a little bit.  It’s been so long since I’ve sat down to type.  Sometimes blogging breaks are good, sometimes they’re necessary, and sometimes they just happen without you even realizing it. So let’s catch up for a second…

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    Master Bedroom Makeover

    Master Bedroom Makeover

    I am thrilled to be sharing our new and improved master bedroom! It was a labor of love and my husband and I are pretty proud of how it turned out. A finishing touch that we still need to add to the room is a designer rug. I don’t know too much about it, but if you’re like me and do want to learn more about this side of interior design, more on Designer Rug can be learned here. I think this would tie everything in very nicely. But until then, here is what the room looks like so far! It can be a challenge when it comes to decorating for both of our tastes. I lean more toward the bright, paint all the things white, style and my husband likes a darker, more rustic aesthetic. One thing we DO agree on though, is the farmhouse style. So we had to strike a balance between farmhouse chic and rustic country. Here’s how it turned out…

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    How to Turn a Store Bought Cake into a Themed Cake

     

    how to customize a store bought cake

    For the past few birthday parties, I’ve been the one that made the cake.  I enjoy it and it’s fun to me!  I love being able to completely customize the cake and be as extra as possible.  However, this year I ran into a small, well, a big problem.  I guest list was seeming to be a little large and I wasn’t sure that I would be able to make a large enough to accommodate.  I was going to have to go with a store bought sheet cake but how would it look?  Time to use my imagination and get to work doctoring the giant chocolate confection from Costco.

  • DIY,  Mommyhood

    Roman + The Chocolate Factory

    Roman + The Chocolate Factory

    This party was so much fun to plan for a few reasons.  One, this year I went with something Ro is really interested in.  I didn’t ask him what he wanted for is birthday, but I knew this would be a hit since he was asking to watch the movie at least once a day.  Two, it’s my husband’s favorite movie and he was actually really excited whenever I would show him things for the party.  And three, I’m now the proud owner of a Cricut!  So with my fancy new machine, the movie constantly playing in the background, and a little “pure imagination”, I got to work planning a Wonka-tastic birthday party.

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    Our White + Bright Fireplace Makeover

    Along the same lines as the emergency binder post, I’ve accomplished another item off my own personal summer bucket list!  This one was with the help of my awesome hubby and Youtube.  I love DIY and doing different crafts but I’ve never done one on a larger scale.  And while this project is mainly just a paint job, I think it definitely qualifies as a large scale DIY.

    Hubby took to Youtube to find what we would need and how much of a process it would be.  He found THIS ONE and we got to work.  As you can see, I was super helpful from the start.

    Fireplace Makeover

    Hubby did the main rolling and I came in with the grout work.  That took, what felt like, FOREVER.  Our mortar is so far back in some places that it took more than a few strokes to cover.  Luckily, we only needed to prime the grout for it to look good.  Hubby rolled on the additional paint layer to finish it off.

    We are so thrilled with how it turned out and how bright it has made the entire room.  We don’t have a ton of light that comes into our house.  When the fireplace was traditional brick, it would stay a little dim even with all the blinds up.  Now, it bounces right off of the pretty white paint and lights up the main level.  We were also fortunate to already have the white mantel piece (removed in the before pic) so that saved us a ton of time.

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  • DIY,  Mommyhood

    Family Emergency Binder

    In addition to the summer bucket list that I created for the boys and our family, I also created one that was specific to things I’d like to do myself.  Certain things on this list include getting a mani/pedi, buying a floppy hat, and doing a large scale DIY.  I’ve checked off two of those already! Another on this list was to redo our family emergency binder. I had found a printable one on Pinterest years ago and decided that it was something that was a good idea to have but found that I hardly used any of the pages.  Time for a makeover!

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    Turn Any Present Into a Unicorn

    Turn Any Present Into a Unicorn

    I’m totally on the unicorn bandwagon.  I have coffee mugs with unicorns, they decorate my office, and my obsession is so obvious that Gav always points them out to me and wants to buy me unicorn things. (Seriously though, how sweet is that?!)  Needless to say, while you don’t HAVE to be a girl to love unicorns, my boys are very much into anything with wheels and loud noises.  So, my unicorns and I live in my office.  That is until we get around my sister-in-law and her daughter!  I live vicariously through them and love giving my niece all of the cute unicorn, pink, gold, glitter everything when I can.  She just turned two and I had fun picking out her tea/kitchen food set but when it came time to wrap it, I decided to have even more fun!  Now, you could totally make this into any animal you’d like but, unicorns are awesome!  

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    Easy Treat-Filled Flower Pot Teacher Gift

     

    Treat Filled Flower Pot Teacher Gift

    Somehow this school year is coming to an end and, when it does, I’ll have a kindergarten graduate.  That just sounds so weird!  Anyway, I’ve always loved making end of the year gifts, as well as Christmas ones, for Gav’s teachers.  (Check out my party in a box gift from last year!) Teachers are incredible (And I say this as a parent and the daughter of a teacher).  They sacrifice way more than their students’ parents know and they deserve out thanks.  Let’s be real, if they didn’t do it, you’d have to and when’s the last time you considered home schooling?  NOT I! (Not to knock home schoolers.  If that’s what you are called to you, more power to you and you have the patience of Job.)  This year Gavin had to transition from one school to another and his current teacher has been nothing short of awesome!  I wanted to make her something special and here’s how a make her treat-filled flower pot.